October 25, 2010 09:08
Unification Minister Hyun In-taek on Friday said the government is watching North Korea closely for signs that the Stalinist country is preparing another nuclear test. Hyun was speaking during an audit of his ministry by the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification Committee.
But Hyun added the chances are "low" at the moment.
Spy satellites have recently detected signs of suspicious activity at North Korea's nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province.
Asked by a lawmaker how many nuclear weapons the North is believed to have made, ministry official Yang Chang-suk said about 10.
"We believe that the North has embarked on a uranium enrichment program and is trying to get it to work," Hyun said.
He added the North Korean regime is trying to boost the personality cult surrounding leader Kim Jong-il's son and heir Jong-un but warned the North can only expect a better future "if it joins the international community by resolving the nuclear issue and reforming and opening up."
- Copyright © Chosunilbo & Chosun.com